If one judges a man by his friends, Gil Wayne was one of the wealthiest men to walk the Earth. He was defined by his relationships with his much-loved extended family. Born in Los Angeles on Aug. 1, 1926, and a long-time resident of Orange County, Gil passed away peacefully at home June 21, 2010, surrounded by family and friends.
Gil graduated from UCLA in 1950, a proud member of Tau Epsilon Phi. He worked with his father as they created the greatest street sweeper company of its day, Wayne Manufacturing, Pomona. Gil expanded the company throughout the 1960s and '70s into a company of manufacturing, sales and distribution across the globe. One of his proudest achievements was the inclusion of Wayne Mfg. into the NASDAQ exchange in the early '70s.
He spent the last 30 years of his life enjoying friends, food and travel “to the max,” including extensive travels cruising Mexico aboard his beloved yacht Dolly, trips to Egypt, Fiji, Europe, Africa and other spots far and wide. He avidly continued attending numerous sports events, including a recent Super Bowl.
He dedicated his last years to his beloved wife, Carol, and his children and grandchildren, as well as to his vast array of intimately close friends. He will be forever remembered and loved by those closest to him. He will be greatly missed. A celebration of his life will be at the Balboa Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 24. In lieu of flowers, donations to your favorite charity are encouraged.